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At 4-5, CWC men start important slate of games

Nov 27, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College Rustlers men's basketball coach Pat Rafferty called the next stretch of games enormous for his players.

The 4-5 Rustlers play Friday afternoon against Eastern Utah in Rock Springs. CWC lost to Eastern Utah 70-50 on Nov. 2 in a tournament at College Southern Idaho.

"Eastern is a really good team," Rafferty said. "They are worthy of being ranked when the votes come out."

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Rustlers challenge Eastern Wyoming College.

"That will be a good gauge for us," Rafferty said.

CWC was planning on to open the home season on Monday, but a team called Planet Academy cancelled the game.

"It's always a great chance to play," Rafferty said. "We were disappointed in that."

The Rustlers lost a 56-54 decision to Williston College on Friday, Nov. 22, in Miles City, Mont.

CWC rolled over Lake Region 71-52 on Saturday, Nov. 23.

"We are getting better," Rafferty said. "The guys see it. The guys are getting more comfortable and confident in the things that we do."

The Rustlers start their home season at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, against Snow College at Rustler Gym in Riverton.

"To be a good team you have to be versatile," Rafferty said. "You have to defend at the half-court level. You have to rebound on the defensive end, and then manage the game offensively where you don't beat yourselves on turnovers."

Miles tournament

The Rustlers started a three-game span last Thursday with a 61-57 victory over Miles Community College in the Region IX opener.

CWC's Daryl Morgan Jr., missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"We had a open 3-pointer to win it," Rafferty said. "It was a good look that I would have him take 100 times."

Rafferty said Williston was a very good test for the Rustlers.

"Williston had good size and good balance," Rafferty said. "We were right there."

In the win over Lake Region, the Rustlers received productive play from their bench players.

"Our starters came out a little flat," Rafferty said. "We had some guys come off the bench and give us a lift."

One was Matt Johnson who played 14 minutes and scored eight points.

"Matt is learning his role," Rafferty said. "He is accepting his role. He is playing hard."

Morgan had 15 points to spark the offense by CWC.

"We had more opportunities to score," Rafferty said. "They tried to play with a little more speed."

Williston State College 56

CWC 54

WILLISTON 25 31 -- 56

CWC 29 25 -- 54

CWC -- Daryle Morgan Jr. 3 (3) 3-4 18, Isaiah Tademy 6 (1) 3-3 8, Ryan Nemelka (3) 3-8 9, Eimer Lopez 2 (1) 2-2 9, Bryce Canda 1 0-0 2, Ricky Norris 2 1-1 5, Matt Johnson 1 1-2 3. Totals 10 (8) 10-13 54.

Williston -- Lavchek Houston 2 (1) 0-0 7, Dell Adekunle 2 0-0 4, Trey Dickerson 5 (1) 3-4 16, Kyle Gerding 1 0-0 2, Tahjee Williams 6 1-3 13, Jonathon Wilson 2 0-0 4, Osa Izeybuwa 4 0-0 8, Ayob Ayob 1 0-1 2. Totals 23 (2) 4-9 56.

CWC 71

Lake Region State College 52

CWC 28 43 -- 71

LAKE REGION 26 26 -- 52

Lake Region -- Stats not made available.

CWC -- Daryle Morgan Jr. 7 1-2 15, Isaiah Tademy 1 (1) 1-1 6, Ryan Nemelka 0 (4) 0-0 12, Eimer Lopez 1 1-1 3, Bryce Canda 0 2-2 2, Ricky Norris 4 (1) 0-0 11, Jairo Lopez 2 3-4 7, Blake Cleravinga 0 (1) 0-0 3, Matt Johnson 3 2-2 8, Malik Wilson 2 0-1 4. Totals 20 (7) 10-16 71.

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